Accounts.

“And my honesty will testify for me in the future, whenever you check on the wages you have paid me. Any goat in my possession that is not speckled or spotted, or any lamb that is not dark-colored, will be considered stolen.” (Gen 30:33)

Honesty is a foundational standard that testifies to our relationship with God. It is a 100 percent call to 100 percent honesty. Let us lay a standard that is beyond reproach regardless of who is checking us out.

I don’t know about you, but I like to sleep at night. If we have confidence in doing a good job and being honest in all our declarations and actions, we can have confidence that we are beyond reproach.

If we are honest in the very small, seemingly insignificant things, we will be honest on the large things. Stay faithful and stay honest, and God will exalt you in due time.

Quick Prayer: Keep me honest, Lord. Amen.

Where do You Sit?

“I do not sit with the deceitful, nor do I associate with hypocrites.” (Psa 26:4)

The church’s—that’s us, by the way—mission is to reach the lost. In order to do that, we have to be a part of their lives. Building a bastion on the hill and raising the drawbridge is not productive.

We should be mixing it up with all kinds of people and not just be isolated in a protective holy enclave. However, there is a closeness of relationship that comes with strong influences. We become like those we surround ourselves with. Making sure we are walking closely with people we respect is important. People who purport to have faith but don’t live it and don’t produce fruit in keeping with repentance should not be our closest confidants.

Quick Prayer: Keep my friendships true. Amen.

Other Focus.

“Not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Phi 2:4)

Each of us is innately wired for self-preservation and self-fulfillment. There is actually nothing intrinsically flawed with that. It is how God has created us. However, we are called to look out for those around us. That is not to the denigration of our own interests but for the raising up of others so they are positioned as a priority.

We see what we focus on. Our attention is drawn to what is important to us. As we place priority on the interests of others, we will begin to see opportunities to meet needs and minister to those God has placed in our lives.

As we minister to those around us at work, we minister to Jesus.

Quick Prayer: Open my eyes to the needs of others, that I may serve them and You. Amen.

Do Not Lie

“Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.” (Lev 19:11)

Here is one of those Scripture that cuts to the chase. It goes beyond any manipulation and tells it like it is. Does it leave any room for doubt? No. Does it leave any room for a minimal offense? No.

It is black and white, clear and simple—don’t lie, don’t steal, and don’t deceive.

That one simple short line convicts us all of sin. If you don’t think it applies to you, take a moment and have a reality check. We all fall short of the glory of God, and a man who says he is without sin is a liar.

This applies to our work lives and businesses, just as it does to all other aspects of life. Just because it is a common practice doesn’t make it right.

Quick Prayer: Forgive me. Amen.

Own Up

“Achan replied, ‘It is true! I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. This is what I have done.’” (Jos 7:20)

Guilt is a terrible burden. Fear of consequences can be all consuming. There is something cleansing, right, and proper about owning up and facing the consequences of receiving forgiveness.

God will always forgive even when we can’t forgive ourselves. His forgiveness knows no bounds. There is nothing you have done, are doing, or will do that is beyond the forgiveness of God. He has already provided for all the forgiveness you will need.

While men may not forgive, God will always, always forgive. Put your confidence in Him, and let Him deal with the consequences. Your conscience will be clean, and God will deal with what happens. You may well pay a human price, but your heart will be free.

Quick Prayer: I confess what I have done wrong and will put it right. Amen.

Is God with you in the ordinary?

“Avodah”.

Avo…what? “Avodah” is a Hebrew word that occurs regularly in scripture. It is at the foundation of all that it is to serve and praise our God. The word is translated as WORSHIP and it’s other meaning is WORK.

Work and worship, could they be the same thing? Your work place is your place of worship. As you serve God in excellence and learn to see him in all you do you worship.

Brother Lawrence was a lowly monk in the 17th Century who ‘practiced the presence of God’. He found worship on serving others and the simplest of tasks. His letters are now part of the pivotal writings of church history and of how to walk with God at work. His real name was Nicholas Herman, which sounds less spiritual and says more about who he really was. But Nick found he could sense God’s presence in the mundane and the menial; that is true worship.

The truth of God doesn’t date. It is eternal. That work and worship are the same word say’s it all. Avodah!

Quick Prayer. “Help me to worship, and see You, in all I do.” Amen

Excellence.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters’.” (Colossians 3:23.)

I love excellence. I appreciate seeing things done well, professional, efficient and effective. A well conceived idea, powerfully executed and delivered is great to experience.

God calls us to strive for excellence by working with all our hearts, passionate and committed. Sometimes that is not easy. In particular we are not to look at our earthly masters. They may be a board, a company owner, a CEO, or whatever. You may disagree, they may be incompetent or inexperienced, rude or overbearing. Regardless of who you serve, the only way to get the right attitude is to serve them “as working for the Lord, worshiping Him.

Keep coming back to this powerful truth, it may well help overcome immense frustration. It is sometimes not easy, but God’s word will prevail.

Quick Prayer. “Guide me into excellence in all I do, serving You.” Amen

Can I get a Witness?

Where would we be without witness? Letting people know what has happened to us is a fundamental part of following Jesus. Why do we need to invite people to church to hear about Jesus? The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts of sin, calls to repentance, and brings about the wonderful regeneration of our souls, as we move into communion with the Father.

Witness should be the natural result of our rebirth. Jesus’ last words were “Go into all the world….” It is in the world, in the marketplace, that we need to be testifying, naturally, spontaneously and under the Spirit’s guidance as He gives opportunity.

So often when we talk about reaching the lost, it is the poor, the needy and those overseas. God loves the rich, wealthy, powerful, influential just as much. We are called to be salt and light and to grow where we are planted.  In the marketplace, our lives, actions, responses, words, who we are and what we do, should demonstrate the love of God for a fallen world.

We are fallen sinners saved by grace, but now redeemed by God, bought for an incredible price, it behoves us to reach out to those around us and share the gift given so freely to us.It is our duty to demonstrate God’s love, and influence for good the world around us.

It is after all the  “Good News”.